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Whangamata Cemetery damaged by vandals

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 30/05/2017

Grassy areas at Whangamata Cemetery have been damaged by vandals on motorbikes or quadbikes.

The bikes would have been able to fit through the barrier at the main gates, says Thames-Coromandel District Council cemeteries co-ordinator Paula Carr.

Track marks have made the reserve unsightly and uneven to walk across, but no graves have been damaged, she said.

"It is disappointing to have this type of damage reported as cemeteries are respectful places for people to come and visit and remember loved ones," Ms Carr said.

"The majority of people appreciate this while visiting cemeteries and we are fortunate that occurrences of vandalism and wilful damage are not common."

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